Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Fallen USS Oklahoma Twins Identified

By: Mark Loproto

On August 10, 2019, a pair of twin brothers who served and died aboard USS Oklahoma (BB-37) were laid to rest with military honors. The services were held, one after the... Read More

Francis Flaherty: Hero of USS Oklahoma

By: Mark Loproto

On December 14, 1941, seven days after the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, John Flaherty received a box of Christmas presents from his brother in Hawaii. At about the... Read More

USS Oklahoma Casualty Robert Holmes Identified

By: Mark Loproto

During the chaos that erupted on December 7, 1941, Marine Pfc. Robert Holmes found the ship he was serving on a target of the attacking Japanese Navy's torpedoes. The attack... Read More

USS Oklahoma Sailor George C. Ford Identified

By: Mark Loproto

The weight of the Pearl Harbor attack is still heavy for some families, such as the relatives of Fireman 2nd Class George C. Ford. Although the attack unfolded more than... Read More

USS Oklahoma Sailor James Solomon Identified

By: Mark Loproto

[caption id="attachment_125428" align="alignleft" width="260"] James Solomon[/caption] It was more than 76 years ago when Navy Seaman 1st Class James Solomon was lost at Pearl Harbor. The North Texas native served... Read More

USS Oklahoma Sailor Clifford Goodwin Identified

By: Mark Loproto

It’s a headline that’s popped up dozens of times since 2015: The remains of a sailor from USS Oklahoma (BB-37), the ill-fated battleship that capsized and sank during the December... Read More

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

By: Mark Loproto

In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) began work on a program that aims to return home hundreds of soldiers and sailors killed during battle whose remains were unable... Read More

USS Oklahoma Sailor William Hellstern Identified

By: Bruce Danforth

It started with a DNA sample. Ted Hummell never knew his uncle William Hellstern, but he had heard about him all his life from his mother, Jeanne. William Francis Hellstern... Read More

USS Oklahoma Sailor Edward Slapikas Identified

By: Mark Loproto

On December 7, 1941, US Navy Seaman 1st Class Edward Slapikas was serving aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma (BB-37) when the Imperial Japanese Navy launched an aerial strike against Pearl... Read More

Glenn Tipton, USS Oklahoma Sailor, Identified

By: Mark Loproto

The mission of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) to exhume and identify unknown remains from the sinking of the USS Oklahoma (BB-37) continues to reunite families with their long-lost relatives.... Read More

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